The Ohio State University Buckeyes sit uncomfortably with a record of 4-0. Yes they are undefeated, but they have not played up to potential and expectations. Many think Braxton Miller is a Heisman Trophy candidate and even though it is hard to argue 14 touchdowns in 4 games he is not playing particularly well.
He is running the ball effectively, but he is making very poor decisions at the time of the snap. He is really struggling to know when to hand it off and when to keep it on those option plays, and that is making it easy for opposing teams to defend.
His passing has been poor, even though sometimes he shows glimpses. Miller has been bailed out by his receivers quite a few times and is not connecting on the easy passes he should be.
Yes, the Buckeyes have the Urban Meyer spread offense, but they cant forget the basics. The Bucks are very solid at Running Back. Carlos Hyde will return this week at Michigan State, and Jordan Hall is coming off of a 105 yard game with an average of 6.2 yards per carry.
Rod Smith is also showing promise and should remain a solid contributor for the remainder of the season. The Wide Receivers for the Buckeyes are a question mark. To Braxton Miller’s defense, the receivers are failing to get separation and are running poor routes.
The defense is solid. They have given up some big plays this season but they have come up with many themselves. The secondary is comparable to the Green Bay Packers as they are both high risk high reward in the sense that they attack the ball and go for interceptions.
The Buckeyes open up their Big Ten portion of the schedule Saturday at Michigan State. They need to play much better on both sides of the ball in order to get the win and go to 5-0. Braxton Miller needs to make much better decisions, and the receivers have to get open in order for him to get the ball downfield.
The defense will have quite a load to handle in Spartan RB Le’Veon Bell who has looked fantastic this season. Michigan State is coming off of a win against Eastern Michigan, but the previous week they looked terrible against Notre Dame.
It remains to be seen how this game will play out, but one thing is known for sure, and that is the excitement that this game, and the remainder of the Big Ten season are bound to present.